New Match Play Terminology and Rules

With the start of the WGC Match Play tournament about to begin, we thought now was an appropriate time to point out that holes are no longer halved, the status of the match is now the score, and that “dormie” has gone the way of the dodo. Yes, with the...

Phil Mickelson Encounters an OB Fence

Golf is hard. pic.twitter.com/QuEyVihnGZ — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 7, 2019 They say hindsight is 20/20. Phil Mickelson drove a ball near an OB fence and the ball was determined to be in bounds. He opted to play the next shot right-handed, turning over one of...

Pine Cone Falls on Ball at Rest in a Bunker

A player sees a pine cone fall on his ball at rest in a bunker, pushing it slightly downwards into the sand. 9.6 tells us if we have KVC (known or virtually certain) the ball must be replaced. 9.6 Ball Lifted or Moved by Outside Influence If it is known or virtually...

Backstopping Reaches the LPGA Tour

Jimmy Walker and Justin Thomas made waves last year when, addressing the topic of “backstopping” on the PGA Tour, both said that it was effectively “their right” if they play quickly or want to help out a friend to either allow their ball to be...

Our View(s) on Rule 10.2b(4)

Below are the views of the RulesGeeks.com staff on Rule 10.2b(4). Erik J. Barzeski Rule 10.2b(4) is a good Rule, and despite popular opinion and the likes of Rickie Fowler or Justin Thomas or Luke Donald calling the Rule “stupid,” a reasonably well-written...

Haotong Li at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic

This past weekend, Hatong Li was penalized two strokes under Rule 10.2b(4) on the 18th green at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic: @EuropeanTour this is a marginal interpretation of the new Rule 10.2b @haotong_li good playing. pic.twitter.com/jNxT0aokxj — Brian...